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JUST IN: DA Alvin Bragg, NYPD Announce Arrests Following GOP-Led House Hearing

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This week, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has returned to the limelight following a GOP-led House hearing in which his actions were harshly criticized.

In recent weeks, Bragg’s case that led to the indictment of former President Trump has dominated the news, and now he has announced yet another arrest. Gothamist reported that Bragg and his office have decided to apprehend the last suspect in a series of assaults and robberies that resulted in the deaths of two men.

“Their motive — we allege — was simple: to make money,” Bragg said at a news conference at NYPD headquarters. “They approached people leaving bars and nightclubs late at night, engaged them in conversation, and offered them illicit and dangerous substances.”

“I cannot imagine how painful it is for the families of Mr. Ramirez and Mr. Umberger,” Bragg said. “My thoughts continue to be with them. It’s my sincere hope that today will bring some solace in the fact that our investigation has now led to these charges.”

The timeliness of this detention may not be a mere coincidence.

Monday, the House Republican Caucus held a hearing in the area to hear testimony from witnesses regarding the devastating consequences the district attorney’s soft-on-crime policies have had on the victims, their families, and the city as a whole.

In that hearing, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) led the charge against Bragg, less than a week after Bragg had dropped a lawsuit and restraining order against Jordan, alleging that he was interfering with the local prosecution by investigating Bragg’s indictment of Trump and subpoenaing witnesses.

During an interview with Fox News, the Ohio Republican assailed Bragg for his “pro-crime, anti-victim policies” in New York. In addition, Jordan accused the DA of exceeding his authority by filing a lawsuit against him, claiming that Trump was indicted for “no crime!”

Jordan was unfazed by Bragg’s apparent retaliatory lawsuit, insisting that this latest frivolous legal action would not deter his investigation into Bragg’s alleged misuse of federal funds to fulfill his campaign promise to “get Trump.”

In a lawsuit filed on April 11, 2023, Bragg demanded that Jordan refrain from interfering with the local prosecution his office was conducting. Mike Davis of The Federalist Society reported that a judge refused to issue even a temporary restraining order after he filed his petition.

“Soros-funded Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s (frivolous) lawsuit against House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan is already off to a bad start for Bragg: The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York declined to even enter a temporary restraining order,” he wrote, posting a screen grab of the court document.

“Summary of Soros-funded Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s (frivolous) legal argument: Congress is interfering in Bragg’s misuse of federal funds and misuse of federal law to politically interfere in the next presidential election,” he added.

In the weeks following Trump’s indictment by a grand jury, Bragg has encountered widespread criticism.

The Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump on fraud charges related to Stormy Daniels alleged that Trump falsified 34 business records. He pleaded not guilty to all 34 accusations at his arraignment.

Immediately following Trump’s arraignment in Manhattan, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy conveyed his displeasure with Bragg and pledged to hold the DA accountable through legislative action.

“Alvin Bragg is attempting to interfere in our democratic process by invoking federal law to bring politicized charges against President Trump, admittedly using federal funds, while at the same time arguing that the peoples’ representatives in Congress lack jurisdiction to investigate this farce. Not so. Bragg’s weaponization of the federal justice process will be held accountable by Congress,” McCarthy tweeted.

Trump also received support from a number of prominent Republicans.

Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley said: “Tonight’s indictment of Donald Trump isn’t about the law. It’s about power. Raw power. It’s the Democrat Party telling the nation they will stop at nothing to control the outcome of the next presidential election. It is an assault on our democracy, pure and simple.”

Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and 2024 GOP presidential candidate, tweeted: “From everything I have seen from this New York district attorney is that this would be something he’d be doing for political points. I think what we know is, when you get into political prosecutions like this, it’s more about revenge than it is about justice.”

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